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Music To Write To: A Spotify Playlist

This week, I was bad about posting to the blog but good about writing daily, so I don’t feel any guilt. The blog was always a means to share my writing, not the driving force of the content. In other words, I don’t want to get into a vicious cycle of posting to a blog for the sake of posting to a blog. If I don’t feel like writing here, I won’t, and I haven’t, so I haven’t. Instead, I’ve been working on a short story (speculative fiction) and have been thinking of ways to incorporate those interests into the blog. Lots of thoughts, but nothing concrete.

In the meantime, I’ll share my Writing Tunes Spotify Playlist! It’s got over a hundred songs in there, totaling up to over 6 hours of music, and I add new music to it each week. I recommend listening to it on shuffle. The songs are mostly instrumental and range from classical music and jazz, to hip hop and electric, there are no rules just great writing songs. What they all have in common is that they aren’t distracting and they’re evocative, two characteristics that help me with inspiration. I hope this brings some enjoyment to your writing practice this weekend. Take care, and enjoy!


33 Ways To Stay Creative

It’s been a couple of days since I posted anything because I’ve been doing some offline writing. I’ve also been trying to be less rigid about my creative process. Something about my brain always wants to put things in boxes, make them neat and organized. That’s what’s attractive about blogging and programmatic content. But the creative process was never meant to be labeled, it is what it is and we move through it in different ways. As always, the tendency is to want to be on the other side of that, already making beautiful and impactful art, but we forget that we need to wade through the ugliness first. I found this list and thought it had excellent advice on cultivating and feeding creativity. Let’s all follow some of this advice on this beautiful Sunday holiday!


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Motivation & Inspiration

The Creative Pep Talk Podcast | #MotivationMonday

Cultivating a personal project is challenging when you have a full-time job. Oftentimes your creative energy gets spent during the day and by the time you get home you’re exhausted. Not to mention familial obligations and any number of other personal items that demand your attention. How do you motivate yourself to make the time to indulge your creativity and art?

I keep myself motivated by reading, watching, and listening to material that gets me visualizing the ultimate expression of my work. One of the podcasts that’s always in my listening queue is the Creative Pep Talk Podcast, hosted by illustrator and speaker, Andy J. Pizza. Andy’s an amazing host whose voice is full of positive energy, excitement, and curiosity. Even though the podcast is very illustrator and design-centric, there are several episodes that contain solid advice for writers too. Episodes themed around broader topics like unlocking your creative voice, making money as a creative, or motivation can easily be applied to writing and publishing. One of my favorite episodes this year has been, “How to Get Super Motivated for 2017,” in which Andy talks about the importance of visualizing a future so compelling that it pulls you out of bed. Another great one is “9 Ways to Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet” which is all about nurturing your creativity in order for it to flourish. I’ve embedded a couple of episodes below, check them out!

The Creative Pep Talk Book was also recently released and it looks super cool:

Every artist needs a little pep talk now and then. An inspiring tool and beautiful art book in one, Creative Pep Talk offers illustrated words of wisdom from 50 of today’s leading creative professionals. With full-color, typographic prints and explanatory statements from a host of creative luminaries—including Aaron James Draplin, Oliver Jeffers, Lisa Congdon, Mike Perry, and many others—this volume encourages artists to stay excited, experiment boldly, and conquer fear. “Create curiosity,” “Learn to say no,” and “If you can’t be good, be different” are just a few of the motivational maxims in this visually rich collection that’s perfect for students, designers, artists, and creatives at any stage in their careers. Buy the book.